[ muhm-er ]
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  1. a person who wears a mask or fantastic costume while merrymaking or taking part in a pantomime, especially at Christmas and other festive seasons.

  2. an actor, especially a pantomimist.

Origin of mummer

First recorded in 1400–50, mummer is from the late Middle English word mommer.See mum2, -er1

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How to use mummer in a sentence

  • "Not such a mummer as I am within the walls, and thou knowest that well enough, dame," replied the apprentice.

    The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott
  • Of the identity between the lady's voice and that of the melancholy mummer he had not a moment's doubt.

    Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
  • If the simpleton believes, the mummer has won the game, but he has not simulated real foolishness; he has simulated navet.

    Criminal Psychology | Hans Gross
  • It was an admirable piece of acting; it was the performance of a genius at the mummer's art.

  • The mummer returned quickly; but the majority of the migrants stayed abroad for some time.

British Dictionary definitions for mummer


/ (ˈmʌmə) /

  1. one of a group of masked performers in folk play or mime

  2. a mime artist

  1. jocular, or derogatory an actor

Origin of mummer

C15: from Old French momeur, from momer to mime; related to momon mask

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